Hillary Chybinski: Tomato and Basil Crostini

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tomato and Basil Crostini

Make some crostini with your tomatoes and basil! It's a delcious and easy snack or appetizer.

Summer is a great time of year for fabulous food. Between all the fresh produce, and grilling your favorite meats, a family can eat pretty well all summer long. For our family, I find we eat a little lighter in the summer. There's more "picking" and less full meals.

Yesterday, I sat looking at my first batch of tomatoes from my backyard garden and the bunch of basil I picked, and thought, what can I make for lunch? I picked up a fresh baguette and some ricotta at Trader Joe's and made these delicious crostini.

Use your summer tomatoes and basil to make some crostini, a delcious and easy snack or appetizer.

What You Need
  • Baguette
  • Olive Oil (I used Bella D'Oliva - it's delicious!)
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Basil

What You Do
  • Slice up the baguette into thin rounds.
  • Brush each one with a little olive oil - front and back and spread them on a baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over them.
  • Toast the rounds in the oven - 350 degrees for about 15 minutes - you can turn them half-way through.
  • Let the rounds cool.
  • Slice a garlic clove in half, and rub  it on the top of each toasted round.
  • Add a slice (or diced) of tomato to each round.
  • Spoon a little ricotta cheese on each.
  • Drizzle a little of your best/favorite olive oil on the top.
  • Sprinkle a chiffonade of basil on the top.
Now you have a great snack, light lunch or tasty appetizer. It's perfect to bring to a party or picnic as well, you can assemble on-site.

Got tomatoes and Basil? Make some crostini, a delcious and easy snack or appetizer.

What's your favorite way to use tomatoes and basil in the summertime?

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  1. This looks amazing! Nothing like fresh basil and tomatoes together. YUMMY!

  2. I love anything that involves tomatoes, basil, and cheese! Yum-O